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Loreburn School, Dumfries (c.1901)
Dumfries schoolchildren take their turn in the spotlight.
Non-Fiction 1901 1 mins Silent
One of three films shot for Mitchell and Kenyon - possibly all on the same visit - in the market town of Dumfries, this charming item captures children, the youngest around five, from a local school. Despite miserable weather, the children's smiles are wide, and the cameraman crams as many as possible into the frame, in the hope of encouraging local parents to see their offspring on screen later.
The strict formality of the Edwardian education system is reflected in the separate lines of well-behaved young boys and girls. At one point the film's showman sponsor is seen throwing something - probably sweets or pennies - into the throng to provoke a good-natured scramble. This kind of technique was often employed by the filmmakers to generate excitement and entertainment for the audience. It certainly brings some energy to what might otherwise have been a slightly stiff scene.
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
A veritable Victorian Towering Inferno.
Arrival of Train-load of Visitors at Henley Station Arrival of Train-load of Visitors at Henley Station
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Jolly boating weather as the hordes descend on Henley for the Regatta.
Non-Fiction 1900 0 mins Silent Location: Cambridge
University teams navigate a bend on the river Cam in no ordinary rowing race.
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent Location: Ewood Park, Blackburn
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Non-Fiction 1898 2 mins Silent Location: Blackwall
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Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins
The magic of a real solar eclipse filmed by a famous magician
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Opening of the Dumfries & Maxwelltown Working Girls' Club 18 Th Sept. 1924 by Lady Jardine O.B.E. Opening of the Dumfries & Maxwelltown Working Girls' Club 18 Th Sept. 1924 by Lady Jardine O.B.E.
Non-Fiction 1924 2 mins Silent Location: Dumfries
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Non-Fiction 1910 4 mins Silent Location: Dumfries
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Travelogue 2006 65 mins Location: Land's End
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Scholars Leaving St Andrew's Roman Catholic School, Dumfries Scholars Leaving St Andrew's Roman Catholic School, Dumfries
Non-Fiction 1901 1 mins Silent Location: Dumfries
A lively group of Scottish primary-school children plays up for the camera.
Congregation Leaving St Mary's Church, Dumfries (c.1901) Congregation Leaving St Mary's Church, Dumfries (c.1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Dumfries
Worshippers in their Sunday best file out of the Church.
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Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
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Documentary 1905 4 mins
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Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
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Interest film 1909 5 mins Silent
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1912 5 mins Silent
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